Our Teachers

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Leigh Elliot A(Dip)CSA-CICB (Cert IV)

Principal of Dare 2 Dance

Miss Leigh began her dance training at the age of five in Durban, South Africa under the guidance of Kerry Barends. 



Miss Leigh completed all of her Cecchetti method ballet examinations before pursuing a professional career in dancing spanning over seven years. 

After completion of her teachers exams in Cecchetti ballet as well as Imperial modern, Miss Leigh opened her own dance studio in South Africa known as 'Leigh Tomich School of Dance'. She ran this highly successful studio for over 13 years before immigrating to Australia with her young family in 1996. 



Dare 2 Dance was first opened by MIss Leigh in 1997, commencing with just 20 students. Today, Dare 2 Dance continues to grow from strength strength and has over 260 students pursuing their love for dance and following in the footsteps of previous students who have forged successful international dancing careers. 

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Sarah Chislett A(Dip)CSA-CICB (Cert IV)

Miss Sarah joined Dare 2 Dance in preschool and from year one participated in ballet, jazz and tap lessons. Miss Sarah successfully completed her Associate under the direction of Miss Leigh in 2011 and was a student-teacher of Dare 2 Dance in 2012. Miss Sarah officially joined the Dare 2 Dance teaching team in 2013 teaching ballet to junior school students. Miss Sarah has just successfully attained her Associate Diploma in Cecchetti Ballet. Some her achievements include:

 

* Cecchetti Ballet exams through to Advanced 1 

* Promotional dancer (GC 600)

Erin Brummage

Miss Erin joined Dare 2 dance in 1999 at the age of 3yrs. She trained in all styles of dance, including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Lyrical. After school, Erin went on to complete 2 years of Full Time Dance Training, receiving both her Certificate IV in Dance and her Diploma in Elite Dance. She then joined the Dare 2 Dance teaching staff in 2016, where she took on her first junior jazz class. Erin has taught all styles of dance on the Gold Cost and Sydney as well as choreographed numerous Musicals in both states. Erin returned to the Gold Coast from Sydney at the end of 2021 and re-joined the teaching staff of Dare 2 Dance.

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Natalie Keevers Cert IV in Dance & Fitness

Natalie Keevers is a versatile experienced teacher/aerialist/dancer and entertainer. With over 15 years of training and professional experience. Natalie loves to share her passion and experiences with students.

* She has travelled the world on multiple international and local contracts working with Angelis Productions at Sunway Lagoon Malaysia 

* Ocean Park Hong Kong

* Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast  

* Aerial Angels in China

* Norwegian Cruise Lines as a production cast Dancer

* Currently performing in Broadbeach at The Pink Flamingo Spiegeclub 'Sauve'

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Brooke Thompson  Cert IV in Dance & Fitness

 

Brooke has just recently completed 2 years of full-time dance training at Ikin Dance on the Gold Coast under the guidance of incredible teachers from all over the globe. 

Brooke has a strong passion for Hip Hop and Commercial Jazz and strives to help her students grow and become the best, most versatile dancers they can be.

Some of Brooke's achievements include:

* Cert III in fitness

* Gold Coast Titans Cheerleader

* Backup dancer for Havana Brown

* Backup dancer for Brooke Evers

* Backup dancer for Will Sparks

* Performances for international companies such as Isagenix, Puma Energy, EB Games and many more.

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Ebon Grayman

 

Ebon Grayman, born and raised in New York City, started gymnastics at the age of 15. He continued his gymnastics career and attended Temple University, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Soon after graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Film Communications, he was recruited by Cirque Du Soleil for his acrobatic skills.  Seven months into his three year contract, Ebon was approached by Cirque Du Soleil directors and was offered to develop his acting skills as the understudy of the principal character, “Monsieur Fleur”.  He accepted the offer and began his physical acting experience that continues to this day.  

After 2 years as an understudy, he was offered the full time role of the character, which he held until 2003.  Later in 2004, Ebon was also casted in the Las Vegas based Cirque Du Soleil show, "Zumanity", where he held the role of the lead acrobatic character, “The Faun”, until 2008.  After his 12 year Cirque Du Soleil career, Ebon has maintained his passion for the stage and continues to perform internationally. 

In 8 years as a Queenslander, Ebon has worked in many dance, circus and acrobatic studios all over the GC and has earned a reputation as an instructor that stresses a solid acrobatic foundation, correct technique and proper progression. 

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Cara Vey

Cara joined Dare 2 Dance in 2008 as a 5 years old Prep student and continued her dance training through Dare 2 Dance until she graduated Year 12 at SSC. Since graduating, Cara has remained a part of the D2D family by becoming a teacher and sharing her passion and talent with the next generation of young dancers. Cara has trained in a variety of styles such as Ballet, completing her intermediate exam, Contemporary, completing her level 5-6 exams, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Cheer, Aerobics, Lyrical and competitive performance troupes.

Her Achievements include:

* Cert III Fitness

* Cecchetti Ballet exam Grade 6, result Honours 

* Cecchetti Ballet Intermediate Ballet Exam, result Honours

* ATOD Contemporary, L5 and L6 Examination, result Honours with distinction 

* Queensland Ballet Summer School Program 2018

* Disneyland Performance and workshop 2016, 2018

* Sanctuary Cove Boat Show promotional work for Torrens Luxury Collection 2021

* AFL Grand Final Dancer 2020

* The Pink Flamingo performance charity event, Contemporary solo

* Podium Dancer, The YOT Club, The MET, Lunar Electric, Arcade Nightclub

* Backup dancer, The Jungle Giants

 

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Nickolas Mills Fulltime Training 

Nickolas Mills joins us off the back of a dance contract with Norwegian Cruise Lines. With 13 years dance experience we are excited to have him as part of our Dare 2 Dance staff, passing on his knowledge of dance and performing to our young dancers he will be an asset to our D2D family. 

Some of his many achievements include:

* Norwegian Cruise Line – Production Cast Dancer, 2018

* Full-Time Dance Training at Ikin Dance Australia, 2017 

* E.B Games 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner- dancer, 2017 

* Dreamworld Australia – Dancer (Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap), 2016 to present

* Dreamworld Australia – Suit Character Performer (DreamWorks), 2016 to present

* Dreamworld Australia – Scare Actor (Sudden Impact Productions), 2016 to present

* Dance Teacher – A.B Patterson College, 2017 to 2018

* Dance Teacher – Showbiz Express Circus and Dance, 2016 to 2017

* Red Boot Hoot in 2014, 2015, 2016(Ronald McDonald Foundation).

 

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Mckenzie Ecob Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management

Mckenzie joined Dare 2 Dance in 2007 and attended classes until her final year of schooling at Saint Stephens College in 2018.

She has trained in many genres such as Cecchetti Ballet (up to Advanced 1), Jazz, Contemporary (ATOD to Level 5), Tap, Lyrical, Acro, Cheer, Aerobics and Glee/Musical Theatre. In 2017 Mckenzie was awarded Dancer of the show and in 2018 she was also recognised for her performing and awarded a unique opportunity to perform at Movie World. Mckenzie has also performed on stage in Disneyland California with Dare 2 Dance on the 2018 USA Tour. She has completed various workshops and dance classes in LA, Sydney and throughout Queensland. 

In 2020 Mckenzie will study fulltime dance with Global Dance Pro and will cheer on the Gold Coast Titans as she joins the Sirens Reserve Cheer Squad.  

A list of Mckenzie's achievements include: 

* Rockwear, Store Opening - Dancer - Coomera Westfield  (2018) 

* Commonwealth Games - Dancer, Opening Ceremony (2018) 

* Dare 2 Dance - Showtime "Dancer Of The Show"  (2017) 

* Movie World Backstage Performance Team Experience  (2017 and 2019) 

* National School Aerobics Competition runner up in Glee Audition (2018) 

* Multiple State/National Dance Champion Team Titles (2014 - 2018 ) 

* Cecchetti Ballet - Intermediate Level (2017) (Studying Adv.) 

* Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Business Management (2018) 

* Dare 2 Dance Showtime - (2007 - 2018) 

 * Global Dance Pro - Full Time Course (2020) 

* Sirens Cheerleading - Reserves team (2020) 

 

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Brogan Elliot  

Choreographer

Miss Brogan was born into the dancing world. She began her career in dance in nappies and under the direction of her mum. Throughout her 21 years of dancing, Miss Brogan was trained and taught by Miss Leigh in classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern and hip-hop. A few of Miss Brogan's achievements are highlighted below. 



* Winner of the Qld Cecchetti Harold Colins Shield 

* Winner of the Qld Cecchetti Bronze Medal 

* Two time winner of the Qld Cecchetti Silver Medal 

* Winner of the Qld Aerobics State Championship  (Group)

* Qld representative at the National Aerobics SchoolaerobicsCompetition 

* Qld representative at the National Hip-Hop Schoolaerobics Championship

* National Champion - Jazz section (2013)

* National Runner up - Lyrical section (2013)

* Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast Titans cheerleader 

* Promotional dancer  (GC 600, Indy,  nightclubs and corporate events)

* Dreamworld dancer and performer 

* Cecchetti ballet exams through to Advanced 1

* Imperial Modern syllabus exams through to Intermediate 

* Imperial Tap syllabus exams through to intermediate 

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